Though we’re lucky enough to get sunshine all year in Sarasota, we admit the soaring heat and humidity during summer can get . . . a bit much. Our summer skin care guide ensures that no matter what the thermometer says, you can enjoy a clear, healthy, radiant complexion while protecting your gorgeous face from damage and breakouts.
Here are our top 5 tips for beautiful summer skin. All products recommended are Aveda’s 100 percent vegan, plant-powered, cruelty-free skin care solutions, so you can feel good inside and out when you use them!
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
We never leave home without our trusty water bottle. Drinking water and staying hydrated can slowly tighten your skin and help to keep that healthy glow by flushing out toxins and keeping your body’s pH levels balanced. Water helps reduce wrinkles and maintain the skin’s elasticity. We love making our own spa water with lemons and oranges. Try switching up the infusion with summery fruits like limes and raspberries, or a refreshing cucumber-and-mint combo.
Product tip: Quench sun-parched skin with quick-absorbing Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion that gently replenishes all day. For oily skin, Oil Control Lotion hydrates while absorbing surface oils. Once a week (especially after lots of sun exposure) apply Aveda’s cooling, soothing and rehydrating Intense Hydrating Masque.
2. Block! Those! Rays!
Don’t let your gorgeous face leave the house without SPF! Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin—don’t miss your hands, feet, ears and lips. Make sure your SPF is the last step in your skin care routine as it acts as a shield from the sun. Bring your sunblock with you during long days outdoors to reapply, and invest in accessories like cute hats or visors . . . or beach gear like a colorful umbrella . . . to physically shield you from the sun.
Product tip: For skin that also needs daily hydration, Aveda’s Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an amazing go-to for your fabulous face. Or, mix your favorite sunscreen with Aveda’s tinted moisturizer, Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture, for light coverage that instantly evens skin tone.
3. Lighten Up Your Skin Care Products
Like our wardrobe choices, summer calls for lighter options. During high humidity and heat, put aside those heavy oil cleansers and thick creams that clog pores in lieu of lighter, easier-to-breathe liquid and gel cleansers and lotions.
Product Tip: Our team’s summer skin care fan faves, all from Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics line: Purifying Gel Cleanser, to foam away oil and impurities; Toning Mist, to refresh and dissolve surface oil, and the brand-new Pore Refiner Serum, to unclog and minimize the appearance of pores. The even-more lightweight version of the Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion (mentioned above) is Hydrating Treatment Lotion.
4. Embrace Exfoliation
Regularly sloughing away dead, dull skin cells not only supports your skin’s regeneration process, but it keeps pores free of congestion and helps skin better absorb toners, serums and moisturizers. Exfoliate at least once a week in the evening, before bed, to give your skin several hours to heal and rest. After exfoliating, make sure you moisturize and protect your freshly exfoliated skin.
Product Tip: For skin that needs more consistent exfoliation, Aveda’s Exfoliating Creme Cleanser is gentle enough to use every day or to rotate with another lightweight cleanser. For weekly/ more intense exfoliation, you’ll want Radiant Skin Refiner. Make sure to follow up with your favorite serum and moisturizer—browse Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics and Tulasara skin care lines for your ideal combo.
5. Get Serious About Serums
Serums deliver nutrients in high concentrations and are essential to a great summer complexion. The smaller molecules in serums allow the powerful active ingredients to penetrate deeply into the skin. Serums are the perfect tool to customize your skin care routine, as they tend to target specific concerns like uneven tone, fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, and either dry oily or dry skin. Choose more than one if needed—use them every day or rotate them. For maximum benefit, use your serum after toning and before moisturizer, giving the serum time to be fully absorbed into the skin before applying your moisturizer.
Product tip: Aveda has a wide variety of powerful, plant-powered serums to address specific skin needs. Here’s the lineup:
NEW Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrator — Restores moisture and minimizes fine lines
NEW Botanical Kinetics Instant Luminizer — Dissolves surface cells to uncover smooth, luminous skin
NEW Botanical Kinetics Pore Refiner — Unclogs and minimizes pores
Tulasara Calm Concentrate — Soothes sensitive skin, reduces redness and irritation
Tulasara Bright Concentrate — Visibly evens skin tone and reduces discoloration
Tulasara Firm Concentrate — Diminishes lines and wrinkles; skin feels firmer
These are our favorite at-home tips to keep your complexion as beautiful as can be . . . but if your skin needs more hands-on help, our customized facials at Nuovo Salons are designed to address your skin’s specific concerns.
The goal is always to keep it simple, my dears! Following our skin care guidelines means less time trying to conceal imperfections and more time enjoying summer with the naturally glowing, healthy, beautiful complexion you were born with!